Best Things to See and Do in Oslo, Norway

Friday October 8, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 6 Comments

Vigeland Sculpture Garden, Oslo, Norway, Nancy D. Brown

Visit Oslo, Norway’s Vigeland Sculpture Garden

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to:

The museum peninsula Bygdøy

The Oslo Opera House

The City Center around the main street Karl Johan and
Lake Sognsvann.

When I crave Oslo cuisine, I eat fresh shrimps on the pier.

Restaurant Olympen

Restaurant Yayas in Vika

To escape work I go to the forest area Nordmarka north of the city center or Hovedøya, an island outside the city center.

 

 

For complete quiet, I can hide away at?

  • Emmanuel Vigeland Mausoleum
  • Langøyene, an island outside the city center
  • Hovedøya, an island outside the city center
  • Østmarka, a forest area southeast of the city center
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art

If you come to Oslo, get your picture taken at the Vigeland Sculpture Park.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Solsiden or Restaurant Lofoten order the “seafood tower” plate.

Oslo, Norway, Lutefisk, cod, Nancy D. Brown, travel

Fish is an important staple in the Norwegian diet

As a child of Norwegian ancestry, I always dreaded bringing “Lutefisk” to school when it came time to share my Norwegian heritage.

Oslo’s traditional Christmas dish is “Lutefisk” – cured cod. Personally, I think it is an acquired taste.

Oslo is my one stop shop for:

Riktige leker (right toys) and
Hadeland Glassworks

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to:

  • Punjab Tandoori
  • Saigon Lille
  • Restaurant Mucho Mas
  • Restaurant Sult
  • Café Sara in Torggata

For a huge splurge, I go to:

  • Hotel Continental with Restaurant Eik
  • Restaurant Lofoten at Aker Brygge
  • Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin
    I had the opportunity to dine at this restaurant and it was amazing. Excellent quality seafood, outstanding service and a wonderful location in Oslo, Norway. Don’t miss it.
Viegland Sculpture Garden, Angry Child, Oslo, Norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel

Oslo, Norway’s Angry Child at Vigeland Sculpture Garden

Photo ops in Oslo  include:

  • The Opera House
  • Aker Brygge
  • Akershus Fortress
  • The Vigeland Sculpture Park
  • The Holmenkollen Ski Jump

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of:

  • Grefsenkollen
  • Holmenkollen
  • Ekeberg

The most random thing about Oslo is the:

  • Oslo Vegetarian Festival – follow them on Twitter.
  • National Day May 17th
  • Oslo Jazz Festival

In Oslo, an active day outdoors involves biking, golfing, skiing, swimming and wind surfing. The forest Nordmarka is great for exploring.

My favorite walking route is:

  • Along the river Akerselva
  • From Frognerseteren to Sognsvann in Nordmarka

Oslo’s best museums are:

  • Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum)
  • The National Gallery
  • The Munch Museum
  • The Nobel Peace Center

For a night of dancing, go to:

  • Pigalle
  • Smuget
  • In the Grünerløkka area
  • Onkel Donald (for students)
  • Barbeint (clubbing)

Along the street Torggata is the spot for late night dining or Sushi at Rockefeller.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read:

  • Aftenposten
  • Dagbladet
Oslo, Norway, aerial view, Nancy D. Brown, travel

Oslo, Norway from above

You can tell a lot about Oslo from visiting:

Maridalsspillet in Maridalen

    Gamlebyen, the Old Oslo

In the spring you should attend a football match or see the museum peninsula Bygdoy beaches.

In the summer you should visit the islands outside the city center.

Øyafestivalen @oyafestival
Norwegian Wood Music festival

In the fall you might enjoy: The Botanical Gardens or Lake Sognsvann

In the winter you should go to:

  • Holmenkollen area
  • Skiing in Tryvann Vinterpark
  • Restaurant Frognerseteren
Oslo, Pasteries, Norway, Nancy D. Brown

For a great breakfast treat in Oslo, Norway

There are several hidden gems in Oslo:

  • Kampen, area in the city
  • Emmanuel Vigeland Mausoleum
  • Restaurant/pub Blå along the Akerselva river

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to:

  • Boccata Café/Restaurant
  • Grand Café in Grand Hotel
  • Åpent Bakeri

Just outside of  Oslo you can visit the picturesque city Drøbak where the Christmas House is and many cozy cafés.

  • Restaurant Bølgen & Moi at Høvikodden Art Center

The best way to see Oslo is to walk the main street Karl Johan or grab a city bike.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss the Museum of Science and Technology

What are your favorite things to do in Oslo, Norway?

Thanks to Visit Oslo for assistance with this post. I was a guest of Visit Norway. Article, YouTube video and photos by Nancy D. Brown

Best Things to See and Do in Trondheim, Norway

Friday October 1, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 10 Comments

Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel, flowers

Nidaros Cathedral is the first place I take a visitor to Trondheim, Norway

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Nidaros Cathedral.

When I crave Trondheim cuisine, I turn to Restaurant To Rom og Kjøkken or Havfruen Fish restaurant.

 

To escape work I go to Sponhuset at the Lade trail or the Trondheim public library in Norway.

For complete quiet, I can hide away at  Bymarka – the town forest.

If you come to Trondheim, get your picture taken on The Old Town Bridge  known as “the gate of fortune.”

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Baklandet Skydsstation, get the Fish Soup.

Trondheim is my one stop shop for trendy clothing for women with shops such as Shine, Retro, Moods of Norway and Inzani.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to Ramp.

For a huge splurge, I go to Credo Restaurant.

Trondheim Harbor, Wharves, Norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel, things to see

Photo ops in Trondheim, Norway include the wharves.

Photo ops in Trondheim include the wharves, the Nidaros Cathedral and the old town -Bakklandet.

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Kristiansten Fortress.

The most random things about Trondheim are  all of the music and cultural festivals.

In Trondheim an active day outdoors involves walking, hiking, skiing, or renting a city bike.

My favorite walking route is the Lade trail.

Trondheim’s  best museum is Ringve – Norway’s national museum of music.

For a night of dancing, go to Britannia Hotel for live music every Friday and Saturday in the Hall of Mirrors.

The AiSuma is the spot for late night dining in Trondheim, Norway.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read Adresseavisen.

You can tell a lot about Trondheim from visiting the rural valley like Steinvikholmen Castle and watching the Midnight Opera Olav Engelbregtson event.

Trondheim, Norway, things to do, Nancy D. Brown, travel, insider tips

Trondheim’s Norway’s Nidaros Cathedral as seen from above the town

In the spring you should attend Norway’s Nidaros Blues Festival.

In the summer you should attend Olavsfestdagene – Trondheim’s St. Olav Festival.

In the fall you should visit Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.

In the winter you should go cross country skiing in Bymaka followed by a cup of hot chocolate at one of the many skiing lodges.

A hidden gem in Trondheim is Restaurant Lille Skansen and Ilabekken park.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to Rica Nidelven Hotel -Norway’s best hotel breakfast five years in a row or Dromedar Kaffebar.

Just outside of Trondheim you can visit Brekstad, have lunch at the Ørland Kysthotel – 55 minutes with the coastal express from Trondheim.

Trondheim, bicycle life, sykkelheis, norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel

The best way to see Trondheim is to walk or ride bicycles

The best way to see Trondheim is to walk. They also have the world’s only bicycle lift – however, it was under repair during my visit.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Trondheim’s Science Center and Tyhottårnet Restaurant – a rotating restaurant 74m (243 ft) up in the air!

 

What are your favorite things to do in Trondheim, Norway?

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Best Things to See and Do in Bergen, Norway

Friday September 24, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 4 Comments

Edvard Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway, travel, Nancy D. Brown, What a Trip

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Troldhaugen, home to Edvard Grieg Museum

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg Museum the Old Bergen Museum and Alvøen Country Mansion.

When I crave Bergen cuisine, I turn to Enhjørningen Fish Restaurant or Bryggen Tracteursted on the Wharf, Fløien Folk Restaurant on Fløyen mountain, Holbergstuen – Torgallmenningen 6 or

Hanne på Høyden (previously called ”Spisestedet på Høyden”) – Fosswinckelsgt. 18

For complete quiet, I can take a walk on the top of Mount Fløyen or Mount Ulriken.

If you come to Bergen, get your picture taken at the top of Mount Fløyen, overlooking Bergen and the surrounding mountains, fjords and ocean.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Wesselstuen, get the Fish soup a la Bergen.

Bergen is my one stop shop for  Oleana sweaters – made in Bergen.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to Kaffistova.

For a huge splurge, I go to Lucullus at the Neptun Hotel, Smauet Mat & Vinhus – Nedre Vakserelvsmauet 1-3 or To Kokker – Enhjørningsgården 1, Bryggen.

Photo ops in Bergen include Bryggen – the Wharf, The Fish Market, the view from Mount Fløyen or Mount Ulriken and the narrow alleyways of Bergen (Nordnes, Skansen, Sandviken, Skuteviken.)

Mount Floyen, Funicular, Bergen, Norway, Nancy D. Brown, What a Trip, travel

The best vantage points are taken by walking or taking the Finicular to Mount Fløyen

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Mount Fløyen and Mount Ulriken.

The most random thing about Bergen is the Bergen International Festival which takes place in the end of May every year.

Bergen Music Fest which takes place in the end of April every year.

Night jazz festival which takes place in the end of May every year.

Regular concerts at Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg’s Home

In Bergen, an active day outdoors involves hiking from Mount Fløyen to Mount Ulriken.

My favorite walking route is From Mount Fløyen to Mount Ulriken.

Bergen’s best museum is Edvard Grieg Museum – Troldhaugen.

For a night of dancing, go to Rick’s Lounge & Disco Banco Rotto.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read Bergens Tidende and Bergensavisen Enter www.visitBergen.com to see a complete event list.

There are many music festivals in Bergen including the Bergen Music Fest and Night Jazz Festival

In the spring you should attend Borealis – Bergen Contemporary Music Festival – medio March.

In the summer you should attend Bergen International Festival and Concerts at Edvard Grieg’s home – Troldhaugen.

In the fall you should visit Bergen Food Festival – medio September and the Bergen International Film Festival – end of October.

In the winter you should go to Voss – our best ski resort – 1,5 hour drive from Bergen.

A hidden gem in Bergen is Damsgard Manor.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to Godt Brød – Vetrelidsallmenning 19

Just outside of Bergen you can visit Old Bergen Museum, have lunch at Gamle Bergen Tracteusted.

The best way to see Bergen is to walk. If you are looking to connect with nature, go horseback riding in Bergen on a Fjord horse at Ovre Eide Farm.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Bergen Aquarium, Fløibanen – the Funicular, Vannkanten Waterworld or VilVite – Bergen Science Centre.

What are your favorite things to do in Bergen, Norway?

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